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Graduate Study

With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Colorado State offers opportunities for graduate study leading to the doctor of philosophy degree in chemistry.

Graduate classes emphasize the most modern concepts and are taught by an internationally respected faculty.

Graduate education at Colorado State aims to train creative and competent scientists through the pursuit of scientifically important research problems.

Degree Programs in Chemistry

Research Ph.D. programs are available in the fields of analytical, chemical biology, inorganic, organic, physical, and materials chemistry. Interdisciplinary programs of study which cross traditional boundaries are encouraged.

Students who do not complete the Ph.D. program may transfer to an M.S. program. However, initial admission is only to the Ph.D. program.

Financial Support

The Chemistry Department fully supports accepted Ph.D. students who remain in good academic standing via Graduate Teaching or Graduate Research Assistantships.

In 2013-2014 the average stipend was $22,000 with opportunities for fellowships (average of $2000 for fellowships).  The Chemistry Department also pays tuition for its Ph.D. students, which in 2013-2014 for first year, out-of-state students was $21,600 ($8,811 for in-state students). Thus, for first year, out-of-state students total support averaged $43,600 ($30,811 for in-state students).

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, the following documents are required:

    • One official transcript from each post-secondary school attended
    • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your chemistry abilities
    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

(The CSU school code is 4075.)

  • A personal statement covering your background, reasons for attending graduate school, and postgraduate goals.

In addition to these requirements, all international applicants must provide the following:

  • Official TOEFL examination scores.
  • Official, translated copies of any transcript submitted from a non-English speaking country.

Graduate Student Recruitment Weekends

Spring 2015 Recruiting Weekends

February 28 – March 1
March 27-29

Details on the weekend, travel, and accommodations will be provided via email after you have been accepted by the department.

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